Finish strong, athletes always say.
Jane Kibii certainly did that during the 39th Grandma's Marathon Saturday morning.
Kibii, a 30-year-old based in Auburn, California, surged over the final 1.2 miles of the race, overtaking course record holder Sarah Kiptoo for first place during that time and winning the 2015 women's marathon title with an unofficial time of 2:32:06.
Lindsey Scherf, from High Falls, New York, came in second with a time of 2:32:19.
And Sarah Kiptoo – who set the course record at 2:26:32 when she won the women's race two years ago – took third at 2:32:5.
Kiptoo, who was seen as the favorite and took third in 2014 as well, actually led throughout most of the race. Check out the splits:
As you can see, Kiptoo (on the very right) had a lead of more than 2 minutes on Kibii (very left) halfway through. Kibii slowly closed in from there, cutting it to under 2 minutes by the 2-mile mark, and getting within 6 seconds after 25 miles.
Second-place finisher Scherf (the middle column) also closed the gap during that time, but couldn't keep up with Kibii, who pulled ahead and was the first to cross the finish line.
Click here to see full results from the race.
Elisha Barno set the pace on the men's side, pulling away from the defending champion and course record holder over the final miles to take first place while recording the fourth-fastest time ever.
Ondoro stayed just behind the 29-year-old Barno through much of the race, clocking in just 2 seconds behind at the halfway mark, and after 20 miles.
But Barno pulled away over the next 5 miles. He clocked a 2:04:17 at the 25-mile marker, widening the gap between he and Ondoro, who recorded 2:04:49 at 25 miles.
Both are Kenyan, and run together as part of the AmeriKenyan Running Club based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Duluth New Tribune wrote.
In third place was Jordan Chipangama at 2:11:35.
McFadden, George take wheelchair titles
Tatyana McFadden came to her first Grandma's Marathon as maybe the world leader in female wheelchair racing. And she showed it Saturday.
The 26-year-old finished first among the women's field with a time of 1:42.49.
For the men it was 31-year-old Josh George, with a winning time of 1:30:11.
McFadden and George are "Illini pals," as the Chicago Tribune put it last fall. They both grew up near Washington D.C., where they participated in wheelchair races together. After that, the two trained together at the University of Illinois.